Progressivism: A Very Short Introduction

Progressivism: A Very Short Introduction


After many years of conservative dominance, the election of Barack Obama may possibly sign the start of a brand new revolutionary period. yet what precisely is progressivism? What function has it performed within the political, social, and financial heritage of the United States?

This very well timed Very brief advent bargains an enticing evaluation of progressivism in America--its origins, guiding ideas, significant leaders and significant accomplishments. A many-sided reform move that lasted from the past due Eighteen Nineties until eventually the early Twenties, progressivism emerged as a reaction to the excesses of the Gilded Age, an period that plunged operating american citizens into poverty whereas a brand new classification of ostentatious millionaires equipped large mansions and flaunted their wealth. As capitalism ran unchecked and a growing number of financial energy used to be centred in fewer and less arms, a feeling of social concern was once pervasive. innovative nationwide leaders like William Jennings Bryan, Theodore Roosevelt, Robert M. l. a. Follette, and Woodrow Wilson, in addition to muckraking reporters like Lincoln Steffens and Ida Tarbell, and social employees like Jane Addams and Lillian Wald spoke back the becoming demand switch. They fought for workers repayment, baby hard work legislation, minimal salary and greatest hours laws; they enacted anti-trust legislation, stronger residing stipulations in city slums, instituted the graduated source of revenue tax, received ladies the correct to vote, and laid the basis for Roosevelt's New Deal. Nugent exhibits that the progressives--with the evident exception of race relations--shared a standard conviction that society may be reasonable to all its individuals and that governments had a accountability to work out that equity prevailed.

Offering a succinct historical past of the extensive reform circulate that dissatisfied a stagnant conservative orthodoxy, this Very brief advent unearths many parallels, even classes, hugely acceptable to our personal time.

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